Windows XP Upgrade To Windows 8 ? ... Houston We Have A ProblemSummary: If you are using Windows XP while purchasing Windows 8, you will not be able to create the ISO or FlashDrive media options!
Against my best advice I just had someone insist on buying the $39.99 Crazy Eddie deal. So I went through the entire process and kept track of the changes and other details. What an amateur operation.
The first thing you do is download the Upgrade Assistant, a standalone program that runs compatibility tests, makes a report, accepts credit cards, and handles the download. Yes, its icky, leaves a gigantic boatload of files in Application Data, Flash, Cookies, Crypto and Temporary Internet folders, and naturally does no cleanup. Anyway, after you complete it and buy the license it begins and completes the 2GB download.
If you are using Windows XP to place the order and download, the process will deviate from the instructions. ~sigh~ For example, from the FAQ
... "Can I create my own installation media for Windows 8? You can create your own installation media on a USB or DVD. During the installation process you are presented with an option to: “Install now, Install by creating media, or Install later from your desktop”. When you select “Install by creating media”, you will be presented with the options to create USB or DVD installation media."
. Yeah, No.
Not on Windows XP. Others noticed this little bug, read here
. If you are on Windows XP the result is ...
Wonderful. See the half-hearted solution given by the Softie at that link ("Wednesday, October 31, 2012 4:05 PM"). You have to grab the files which are thankfully under a single folder structure called C:\ESD
and either burn a disc or copy them to some other media. Screenshot ...
Still after all these years they cannot figure out the reduced breakage potential of downloading one single file
versus 2.06 GB consisting of 1,577 Files
and 540 Folders
. That is the total under C:\ESD structure. What could possibly go wrong! Well, now we have potential problems at any of 3
possible points in time: (1)
burning to disc, and (3)
execution from burned disc later.
Needless to say, they still reserve clean updated images only for those subscribing to MSDN rather than all customers, and even those terms have changed for the worse lately. What a terrible state of affairs.
If anyone is interested, not counting the C:\ESD
distribution, the Upgrade Assistant left another 947
new files scattered around the above mentioned folders. It also changes some logs ( WindowsUpdate, ReportingEvents, Wbem*, and more ) and very alarmingly modifies several Windows Update cabinets ( muv4wuredir, wuredir ) the consequence I will learn about later. All this nonsense to grab a simple Windows 8
offline installer to be used later on another computer! They have learned nothing at all in all these years.EDIT:
typo. Forgot to mention, only a couple of changes to the registry under BITS and DHCP, most likely harmless and transitory.
Edited by CharlotteTheHarlot, 01 February 2013 - 06:21 PM.